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Configuring Account Lockout Settings

Updated: July 31, 2004

Applies To: Windows Server 2003 with SP1

To enable the Account Lockout policy settings for both domain and local users, configure the settings that are described in this section.

Recommended Service Packs and Hotfixes

Security issues in Windows operating systems are discovered and fixed often. These fixes often have an impact on account lockout and password policy features, as well as their dependent components. Therefore, you should apply the latest service packs and hotfixes to all of the domain controllers, servers, and clients to ensure that the account security settings that you want are applied and to ensure that the domain controllers and operating systems are up-to-date. Note that service packs resolve groups of issues and hotfixes resolve a specific issue.

You should have an ongoing strategy to keep your computers updated and protected against viruses, trojans, and so on, that may use vulnerabilities that are already fixed. For more information about how to create a software update strategy, refer to Help and Support Center in the Windows Server 2003 family and Windows XP, or refer to Help in Windows 2000.

Because these issues are discovered and fixed on an ongoing basis, they are not listed in this document. For more information, see "Service Packs and Hotfixes Available to Resolve Account Lockout Issues" in the Microsoft Knowledge Base.

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